Developed Market Returns by Country From 2003 Thru First Half 2017

In an earlier we looked at the emerging market returns. The following chart shows the returns for developed markets from 2003 thru 1H, 2017: Click to enlarge Note: The returns shown above are based on MSCI country index returns. Source: Novel Investor Related ETFs: iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund (EWG) iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund (EWC) iShares MSCI Australia …

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Why Diversify Across Countries: Chart

One of the ways of diversification is to allocate one’s portfolio assets across countries. Since the economic systems, political systems and wealth of natural resources vary between countries the equity markets also tend to perform differently. For exmaple, when crude oil prices are soarding the Russian equity market performs well as the economy is dependent …

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Global Retirement Ages for Men and Women: Chart

The retirement ages for men and women vary widely across countries. In this post let us take a look at the ages differences between countries. But before we get to that, here is a brief introduction on retirement. Germany was the first country in the world to implement an old age social insurance program back …

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Diversification is Key to Risk Management

One of the simple and easy ways to reduce risks with investing in equity markets is to diversify one’s assets across various asset types, countries, regions, etc. The following chart shows the unpredictability of market returns one year after another: Click to enlarge Source: AGF Management Limited